Head First Rails
A learner's companion to Ruby on Rails
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2008
Pages: 464

Ready to transport your web applications into the Web 2.0 era? Head First Rails takes your programming -- and productivity -- to the max. You'll learn everything from the fundamentals of Rails scaffolding to building customized interactive web apps using Rails' rich set of tools and the MVC framework. Please note this book covers Rails 2.

By the time you're finished, you'll have learned more than just another web framework. You'll master database interactions, integration with Ajax and XML, rich content, and even dynamic graphing of your data -- all in a fraction of the time it takes to build the same apps with Java, PHP, ASP.NET, or Perl. You'll even get comfortable and familiar with Ruby, the language that underpins Rails. But you'll do it in the context of web programming, and not through boring exercises such as "Hello, World!"

Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Rails uses a visually rich format designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works.

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  • Easy to understand (4)
  • Helpful examples (4)
  • Accurate (3)

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    1.0

    Unfortunately obsolete

    By Ankonym

    from Hamburg, Germany

    Pros

    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Not updated
    • Obsolete
    • Outdated

    Best Uses

    • Novice

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Rails:

    I usually like the format of Head First books so picked this up to get an idea of Ruby on Rails. However, this book is immensely frustrating as soon as you start trying out the examples because it was never updated. There is little point in installing an outdated Rails version just to work through the book, and learn something that you will have to re-learn right away.
    Somebody did put together a spreadsheet of every bit of information in the book that is outdated but that is a really frustrating way of working through the examples. I'd expect to get this information from O'Reilly, not a fellow frustrated reader, and to find an update to this publication. It should at least come with a big disclaimer that this is outdated to prevent newbies from running into the same problem.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    unfortunately the book is outdated

    By moo the cow

    from state of Israel

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Obselete
    • Obsolete

    Best Uses

    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Rails:

    All of the exercises in the book don't work on the new rails framework because the book is outdated. O'riley make the best programming books in the industry, no doubt about it. Unfortunately this book wasn't updated to fit the current trends, methods and the O'riley magic, which is vital for web programming.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for starting out

    By Archrq

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Designer, Developer

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    Pros

    • Easy to understand
    • Fun Approach
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • No Updates
    • Outdated Code

    Best Uses

    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Rails:

    Love the format and approach, starts simple and builds on concepts. Should have SOME web development knowledge before picking this up, but if you do its easy to follow and get right into building projects.

    REALLY OUTDATED THOUGH (Covers Rails 2.x)
    Updates can be found at:

    https://docs.google.com/a/natmobi.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ai2l7E_yOdPMdDN6cHkwZ1hFdjZUYWY1bE9vWnlvN0E#gid=0

    Kind of annoying to have to reference this though, wish the edition was updated, or at least an insert included.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Needs to be retried or Revised

    By MountEverest

    from San Francisco, CA

    About Me Architect And Technology

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Too many errors

    Best Uses

    • Useless

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Rails:

    This book should not be published either in electronic or hard copy. It discusses about Rails 2.0. I bought this book in November 2011 thinking I am reading the latest. Installed Rails 3.0 and by the time I reached the meaty party, everything fell apart. Rails is a vibrant community. Any ambitious programmer using Rails should use Railscasts.com/codeschool.com for latest updates.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Book is Good But Outdated

    By Elfhelper

    from NYC

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    Pros

    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Fun
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Out of date

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    • Intermediate
    • Novice
    • Student

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Rails:

    This book is good in the way it starts just jumping you into a project where you start building. I don' think it's for absolute beginners, as I've done some other tutorials to help me, but if you had a little help you'd be fine. A bunch of commands in the book are outdated, due to new versions of rails.

    There is this doc where people have put the updates and new codes, whihc should have been done by the publisher, but that's the beauty of crowd sourcing https://docs.google.com/a/natmobi.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ai2l7E_yOdPMdDN6cHkwZ1hFdjZUYWY1bE9vWnlvN0E#gid=0

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    This is for Rails 2.0

    By AJ

    from Austin, TX

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    Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Rails:

    This book is for Rails 2. And most of the information is so outdated it quickly becomes frustraing since the commands are different in rails 3.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great as a gentle introduction to Rails

    By jme

    from Switzerland

    About Me Developer

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    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Novice

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Rails:

      I find this book excellent as an introduction to Rails. In particular, the sequence of the first chapters is very well thought out. I was looking for the smoothest possible path to intermediate Rails "fu", and this is it, definitely.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Extremely light introduction

      By AlleyCat

      from Lexington, KY

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      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Too basic

      Best Uses

      • Novice

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Head First Rails:

      This book does a good job of doing the basic introductions...and then stops. I usually find Head First books to be of high quality, but this one was just disappointing in that it cover nearly enough. I should have known when I saw that it was much smaller than the books I'm used to getting.

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